OK, this is the film that demonstrates more than any other that we are genuinely in some sort of golden age of cinematic comic book adaptations. Not because, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is perfect (it’s not), but because it includes geeky material that is so esoteric that even comic book nerds would find it a bit obscure, and yet which movie studio executives are apparently still confident will pull in enough of an audience to make the film profitable.
Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Well, I’ve seen Ant-Man! That seems like it took a while, but I guess it’s only been out a few weeks. Movies are a bit pricey in Australia so all I had to do was fly to Thailand and then it became easy to afford (even as I write this, I am waiting for my showing of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. Thanks, Thailand!)
Anyway…Ant-Man. Could it possibly be any good? Well, you already know. It’s been out for a while and you’ve already read reviews and blog posts, if you haven’t actually gone out and seen it yourself. And the answer is yes, it is. It’s pretty good. Which just goes to affirm the fact that you can skillfully tell a story about just about anything if you’re canny enough. Of course, Ant-Man is a bit silly, but thank goodness for that, right?
Continue reading Ant-Man (including Spoilers)
I was a bit worried going into Age of Ultron. The Avengers, it’s predecessor, was of course great and all the trailers for this film looked like similar fun. But we’ve all been burned by trailers before. For me, the biggest recent disappointment was Man of Steel — what if this turned out to be like that? What if this turned out to be a big, overblown, overhyped, bag of hyperkinetic hot air with a confused structure, dopey characterization, and a lame-brain plot? What if it, you know, was terrible?
Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron
Recently, I found myself pondering a question – a question that I’m sure you have all pondered as well: if all Marvel and DC comic books were cancelled, and I was in charge of restarting the line as one shared continuity, limiting myself to 25 books or so, what would I choose?
That of course led me to think of what a shared continuity between Marvel and DC would actually look like. How does one integrate the best or most interesting elements of both company’s properties into one streamlined story. Can you indeed put both the Justice League and the Avengers into one continuity, and give them both a reason to be there? What about Batman and Moon Knight? Hawkeye and Green Arrow? It’s an exercise sort of like what happened back in Crisis on Infinite Earths, but on an even bigger scale.
Continue reading Marvel & DC – Smooshing It All Together
What a world we live in.
If a movie about the Guardians of the Galaxy had come out just a few years ago, we’d have assumed it was just some sort of goofball science fiction flick, and chances are it wouldn’t have gained much traction.
Now, in the wake of Marvel’s grand interconnected cinematic experiment, we have a film which is indeed a goofball science fiction flick, but has become a success with audiences and critics alike. And Marvel is going so strong in its rolling out movie versions of its properties that it can spend the latest post-credit scene tease characters like Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy (with post-credit scene spoilers)
So after a bit of delay, I finally got to watch Beginning of the End – the finale of Season 1 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. I’ve already written about this, but man, how that show has turned itself around. After a decidedly lackluster first half of the year, it began to show the smarts and wit that made The Avengers so much fun to watch. Continue reading Agents of SHIELD – Season 1 Finale
That new laptop came with $100 credit at the iTunes store. That has led to some other TV viewing, beyond the Doctor Who and Star Trek repeats that I so often write about. I can’t really imagine taking on another series of episode by episode comments, but I thought I’d share my thoughts and opinions on some of these fine samplings… Continue reading Recent Television Viewings – SHIELD, Veronica Mars, Falling Skies
There are a number of things that make Captain America: The Winter Soldier not quite perfect. Natasha’s speech to the governmental enquiry at the end is a bit self-righteous and silly. SHIELD seems to have been infiltrated absurdly easily. Arnim Zola is abruptly re-introduced and then destroyed in one exposition-filled scene. The villain is immediately obvious from his first appearance—and really, ever since the film’s advanced publicity material began to be released (although at least that’s overtly revealed quite early on). And there’s something more than a bit convenient about how the three giant Death Stars in the sky can be overcome by replacing three easy-to-access, unguarded circuits boards.
Yet in spite of this the movie is a huge success, and continue to show that Marvel has learned a thing or two about keeping this franchise strong, as all of their films since The Avengers can attest. Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier
It’s been a few days since I’ve seen this movie, and I’m still not sure what I have to say about it. Continue reading Thor: The Dark World